Streaming. If you play fantasy sports, you’ve probably occasionally heard the term thrown around. Fantasywired.com provides a great definition: “In short, streaming is the strategy of plucking a player at a specific position (usually QB, DEF, K, or TE) off the waiver wire ahead of a favorable matchup the following week.” Many people criticize the strategy claiming it uses hindsight to validate it, but I’ve been a successful streamer in several leagues at several positions over the last 20-ish years of playing fantasy football. Each week I will provide you with a few options at Quarterback, Tight End and Defense, with my top pick at each position. I can assure you I’ll be using these picks myself on at least one of my nearly 30 fantasy teams.
If you’d like to see my methodology or the player pool I’ll be choosing from, I covered both extensively in the week 1 installment. You can find the detailed breakdown here.
WEEK 2 STREAMER OPTIONS
Case Keenum, Denver Broncos
If possible, I try to avoid conference games if I can, but long story short: I think the Raiders are awful. Keenum was respectable in his Broncos debut throwing for over 300 yards with three touchdowns. He added another three interceptions, but I think he’ll calm down in his second start and have a strong showing against the Raiders on the road after playing late Monday night.
Tyrod Taylor, Cleveland Browns
In typical Taylor fashion, he was fine for fantasy purposes while leaving much to be desired in real football last week. He was carried by his 77 rushing yards and a touchdown on the ground to go along with a sub-200 yard day in the air. He gets to play a what appears to be a shockingly terrible Saints’ defense that allowed Ryan Fitzpatrick to look like the love child of Brett Favre and Steve Young.
Benjamin Watson, New Orleans Saints
In an offensive explosion, Watson was a bit player catching four balls for 44 yards. But this week, as Cleveland looks to take away Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara, look for Watson to exploit the Browns’ awful tight end defense. As will be theme, tight ends will be rolled out against Cleveland until they force me to pivot elsewhere.
Geoff Swaim, Dallas Cowboys
Swaim was the Cowboy’s 3rd most targeted receiver last week, and he faces a weak Giants’ tight end defense. The Cowboys’ didn’t seem to have much working last week, and if that continues at home this week, I expect Dak Prescott to dump the ball off to his TE safety valve, especially in the red zone.
So, didja see that Khalil Mack fella? In a related story, did you happen to see the Seahawks’ offensive line? Combine those two things, and you have all the ingredients for a massacre. Sprinkle in Roquan Smith with another full week of practice, and this might be a long day for Seattle.
Were you impressed by the Panthers last weekend? Probably not. Carolina comes into this one facing a well-rested Falcons team and projected to score less than 20 points this week. In the Dan Quinn era, at home, the Falcons have held Cam to an average of 162 passing yards with only two touchdowns and three interceptions and a single rushing score.
I rolled with Andy Dalton as my main pick against a horrid Colts’ secondary. He went 21-of-28 for 243 yards with two touchdowns and an interception, good for 15 fantasy points, ranking QB 17 on the weekend. If you pivoted to my backup selection, Joe Flacco would have fared better in your lineups accumulating 21 fantasy points. (Streaming Quarterback ranking on the season: QB 17)
Austin Seferian-Jenkins had a great matchup but was unable to capitalize, with what would have been a touchdown called back by a penalty. His 5 points made him TE 21 this weekend. My back-up pick was the Steelers’ Jesse James, who amassed 9 points. (Streaming Tight End ranking on the season: TE 21)
The Lions looked great on paper before they got murdered in front of everyone on Monday Night Football. They still managed a respectable nine fantasy points on the back of a game-opening pick-6. My backup option was the Packers who would have also gotten you nine points. Streaming Defense ranking on the season: Dst 16)